This is a summary of an article I read in a subscription newsletter-I think the information would apply to anyone with a decrease in cognitive functioning, even normal aging changes.
Dr. Frank Shallenberger wrote in his December 2009 issue of Real Cures Letter about a treatment for Alzheimer's using virgin organic coconut oil.
Dr. Shallenberger talked about a very interesting study of
Alzheimer patients improving on cognitive testing over a 3 month period when their blood levels of ketones increased (control group with unchanged ketone levels had deteriorating scores on cognitive testing). When researchers allowed the treated Alzheimer patients ketone levels to drop to normal levels, their cognitive testing scores decreased.
Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (VOCO) will increase blood levels of ketones. When the
VOCO is ingested, the fatty acids are rapidly absorbed in the intestine, go to the liver, and are converted directly to ketones.
Dr. Shallenberger cites the example of Mr. Steve Newport, who developed Alzheimer's when he was 53. Mr. Newport's wife, Dr. Mary Newport, found out about VOCO and started giving it to her husband. Steve rapidly improved, and his story and the protocol they used is documented on the website: www.coconutketones.com.
Dr. Shallenberger has a very interesting explanation of why VOCO might be able to improve Alzheimer patients functioning.
Aging decreases the brain's ability to convert glucose into energy. This is particularly true in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
However, the brain can also use energy from ketones, and this ability is not damaged by aging or disease.
Dr. Shallenberger thinks when an Alzheimer's patient eats VOCO, the liver supplies ketones to the brain which is converted into energy to restore brain function.
He has had good results with using VOCO 2 tablespoons twice a day dissolved in hot water, tea, oatmeal, etc. combined with a low-carb diet.
(Start with 1 tablespoon VOCO a day and gradually work up as the body gets used to it.)
Dr. Shallenberger's website: www.realcuresletter.com